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1 Ruthless Crime Lord, 20 Elite Cops, 30 Floors of Hell
Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building's lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission. Starring Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais.
An elite squad of cops raid a ruthless-as-fuck drug lord's dungeon of death. A hyper-intense workout. Kissing your wife goodbye and hoping like fuck you will see her again. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Catching a lucky break for a split-second. Hammer to the fuckin head. A bad lieutenant. A noble-as-fuck sergeant. A badass rookie with a secret agenda. Your last TV show. Shit-stained pants. The alarm of doom. The one honest guy in a building full of crazed fuckers. Hallway insanity. Mad fuckin Dog, the biggest fuckin Academy Award snub ever. Throwing a fucker out the window. A crazy-eyed fuck with a machete. Total darkness, then bullets every fuckin where. Guns take away the rush. Mad Dog vs.Sarge is like…
If Crocodile Dundee wielded action movies instead of knives, this is the movie he would hold up whenever some punk claimed to be wielding an action movie.
"That's not an action movie. THIS...is an action movie."
Un-Freakin-Believable Hyperactive Beatdowns!
Ball Busting Action!!!
Style over substance rules but who cares when the most brutal jaw-dropping fight scenes are an Eye-Popping, Balls to the Wall, Life or Death Spectacle!
Gratuitous Adrenalin Pumping Acts of Extreme Violence!
My face hurts from smiling for the last 100 minutes.
Its stupefying, pulpy excess is best summed up by the fact that the credits include the role "Drug Lab Guard #21."
One of the most incredible, exhilarating & heart-pounding action films to come out in a long time, The Raid (also known as The Raid: Redemption) is possibly the purest form of action extravaganza that has graced the film canvas in years which, apart from bringing a smile on every action film lover with its maddening depiction of blood, violence & insane fight sequences, also marks a significant breakthrough for the so-far-invisible Indonesian film industry to come into the attention of world cinema audience.
Although by no means it is a perfect film, but when it comes to pure adrenaline rush, thrilling factor & entertainment value, action films don't get anymore exciting, inventive or satisfying than this high-octane, full-throttled & top-gear action spectacle. The plot…
I haven't enjoyed an action (martial arts?) film as much since "The Legend of Drunken Master". The fight choreography and camera movement are the stars of "The Raid" and the reason to watch the film over and over again. There's just enough plot, genuine emotion and subversion of expectation to hang the outstanding fight sequences on and the performances enhance the action rather than being an albatross around the films neck. Easily one of the freshest and most entertaining entries in this genre in years.
"Ini baru ada gregetnya."
I think that line best described this film as a whole. Seriously though I don't think I can ever get bored of The Raid, I mean I've watched it so many times I don't even cringe at the gore parts anymore.
Although it's quite nice to see how Iko Uwais' acting is gradually improving starting from Merantau to Berandal. In The Raid it is still quite lacking, you can tell that he's just memorizing the line and not really putting emotion into it.
But then who watches the Raid for the acting (or the story for that matter) when you have all that action and suspense on screen. I can never get enough of that fight…
*Drake's Poundcake intro voice* Good God Almighty
WHAT A RIDE. I made the sad mistake of watching the grander sequel first (which still remains the better of the two in my heart). I feel like I could have enjoyed the first much more had I not done so, but alas that was how the cards fell. Despite that, The Raid still had many issues, specifically with repetition and lack of plot. But MY GOD is it still so brutally amazing.
This is an almost perfect action film with a simple plot that makes the high octane action possible, the fight sequences are nicely choreographed and shot well, the inventive editing and camera angles make the action scenes work really well and they feel very fast paced but weighty at the same time.
Gareth Evans' Martial Arts actioner might be low on plot, and I mean really low, but this B-Movie about a SWAT team taking down a building-full of hard-ass criminal killers has much to enjoy. Kung-fu tastic.
Not as great as some have made it out to be, but a solid action film with some good martial arts. However, should never be mentioned in the same sentence as Crouching Tiger.
Just balls-to-the-wall brutal martial arts action.
I flinched, jumped, covered my eyes, and sat way too closely to the screen at every punch, stab, kick, or jab thrown in this film.
This movie makes me want to jump kick bad dudes and high five rad dudes.
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- Assault on Precinct 13
- The Good, The Bad, The Weird
- Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
- Down by Law
- Leon: The Professional
- Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Whisper of the Heart
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